Anambra state government inaugurates N200million oxygen plant
Tochukwu Ifejika and MaryRose Onuigbo, Awka
Anambra state governor, Charles Soludo has inaugurated a private oxygen plant which is designed to serve both private and public hospitals in the state.
The oxygen plant built by Isiaku Micro Finance Bank is located at Isiaku Nimo in Njikoka local government area of the state and valued at over N200 million.
According to Soludo who was represented by the Commissioner for health, Dr. Ben Obidike, he said the plant will ensure strict compliance to the availability of oxygen in their respective health facilities.
“This would also go a long way to assist in fighting health challenges in the state and as a matter of policy, the state government hereby direct all private and public hospitals to ensure strict compliance to the availability of oxygen in their respective health facilities,” he said.
Also speaking, the former Commissioner for health and currently the Chief Medical Director of the Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Jeo Akabuike noted that the state still needs more of such facilities in the major towns.
“As a matter of fact we need more of such facilities in the state and we need both government and private sector participation in the area of having more oxygen plants in our state because oxygen is life and this would help to arrest emergency situations so that the usual story of no oxygen would be a thing of the past” he said.
In his address at the occasion the Chairman Isiaku Micro Finance Bank Nimo Hon Ikem Uzoezie said
the franchise was financed by the Directors of Isiaku Micro Finance Bank and other local investors.
In her remarks, the Anambra state Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Jane Ezeonu noted that the oxygen plant is yet another impetus to the health sector in the state adding that the association encourages more private sector participation in establishing more plants in other parts of the state.